by Stella Cameron

February 2002
ISBN: 0-8217-7082-9
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Thirteen years ago, Dr. Byron Frazer, a famous family psychologist nowadays, was 21 when his wife died from giving birth to his son, Ian. Byron gave his son for adoption to the Springs because he thought it was best for the baby at the time and he hired an investigator to keep track on them. Now, the Springs are dead and Ian is sent to live with his aunt by adoption in Cornwall, England. In order to make sure Ian can cope with the transition, Byron decides to visit England for a short period and rents a cottage nearby to watch over Ian and his aunt. On his second day in the cottage, he crosses paths with Jade Perron, who has come to refurbish the cottage, which has been scheduled for over a year. Byron tries to persuade Jade to reschedule but she refuses. Byron approaches Ian and soon befriended the boy and volunteers to give him lessons on playing the guitar. People in this small Cornish village begin to doubt about the behavior of this stranger. Jade is the cousin of Ian and she wants to know Byroní s interest in Ian too and soon Byron confesses that Ian is his rightful son and he wants to gain custody of him.

Ms Cameron has written a wonderful family drama with love, grief, pain as well as happiness. The story is realistic, touching and warm. The love between father and son is the main theme of the story and the romance between Jade and Byron is just an interlude. Not a standard romance but still a page-turner for a mainstream fiction.

Reviewed in April 2002 by Rose.

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